Men are from Mars – Women are from Venus.
But who are more prone to concussions?
The answer may surprise you…Females are more prone to concussions than males.
Dr. Robert Cantu explains that female athletes sustaining concussions more than male athletes are flying under the radar. He feels that as a result, looking for concussions in women is not pursued with the same diligence, therefore, setting girls up for worse results. Females are no longer playing it “safe.” They are involved in contact sports and are playing with higher intensity, leading to an increase in injury.
The Journal of Athletic Training reports:
- Females playing high school soccer suffer concussions 68% MORE often than males playing the same sport.
- Females appear to be more susceptible than males to concussions in sports like soccer and basketball.
- Concussion rates in high school basketball were almost 3 times higher for females.
- Females take longer than males for concussion symptoms to resolve and return-to-play.
Top 6 reasons females are more prone to concussions and have longer lasting symptoms:
- Female heads are smaller.
- Females have less developed neck muscles than males and do not absorb the shock of impact as well as males.
- Society has leaned toward protecting females more than males and holds them out longer than a male who “has to be tough and play through the pain.”
- Females are more honest about their symptoms.
- Hormonal changes in females increase concussion symptoms and last longer.
- Females are playing at a higher intensity, than in the past, increasing their risk of injury.
No matter what the reason, the concern is that concussions happen whether one is male or female. Society has begun to acknowledge that you do not receive a “get out of a concussion free card” because you are female. Concussions occur in female sports with significant frequency. Females and males both need to be aware that head injuries must be carefully managed to prevent permanent damage.
BROADCAST THAT SUPPORTS ABOVE FINDINGS: http://www.kristv.com/news/study-females-more-likely-to-suffer-concussions-in-high-school-sports/#!prettyPhoto/0/
DR. ROBERT C CANTU is a highly recognized neurosurgeon who is a leader in concussion management.